Transfer of Credit Policy and Procedures
Within the limits stated below, Post University permits credits earned at an institution accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to be considered for transfer credit. Courses must be similar in nature, level, and content to a course in our curriculum and applicable to one of our academic programs. The following database maintained by the U.S. Department of Education, provides students with a list of accredited American institutions: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation. All prospective students are strongly encouraged to review this database to ensure the institution from which they seek to have credits accepted is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Prospective students are advised that the review of their credits for transfer consideration is no guarantee that they will be accepted.
The Office of the Registrar administers the transfer of credit. Questions regarding the transfer of credit policy and procedures should be directed to this office. In the case of questions regarding the viability of the transfer credits under evaluation for transfer consideration, the final decision will be made after consultation with Post University’s Provost’s office. For graduate programs, the final decision will be made after consultation with the Program Chair.
On Campus and Online Undergraduate Transfer of Credit
Prospective students transferring to Post University from an accredited two-year or four-year educational institution, may be considered for transfer credits for courses with a grade of "C" or above. Prospective students transferring from a four-year institution may have up to 90 credits towards a bachelor's degree and up to 45 credits towards an associate degree considered for transfer. From a two-year institution, up to 75 credits towards a bachelor's degree and up to 45 credits towards an associate degree will be considered for transfer. No more than 75 credits can be accepted from a two-year college. If a student has earned an associate or bachelor's degree from an accredited two-year or four-year educational institution, credits from courses with a grade of D or higher may be considered for transfer. In addition to official transcripts, prospective students must submit a catalog description for the course(s) being considered for transfer. In some instances, a course syllabus may be necessary if the course description lacks enough definition. Faculty (or designee) from the program of study into which the prospective student is transferring will make the final decision on the acceptance of credit.
On Campus and Online Graduate Transfer of Credit
Prospective students may have up to 9 credits considered for transfer into a graduate program. Only courses with a minimum grade of “B” will be considered for transfer. In addition to official transcripts, prospective students must submit a catalog description for the course(s) being considered for transfer. In some instances, a course syllabus may be necessary if the course description lacks enough definition. Faculty (or designee) from the program of study into which the prospective student is transferring, will make the final decision as to the acceptance of credit.
To meet the needs of graduate students interested in becoming licensed counselors, through January 1, 2023, current Post University students may transfer up to 51 related course credits into the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program from other graduate counseling programs offered at Post. Current graduate students interested in transferring into the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program should consult with their Academic Success Counselor. This opportunity will no longer be available after January 1, 2023.
Transfer of Credit for Work Taken at a Foreign Institution
Credits completed at foreign institutions recognized by that country's Ministry of Education may be considered for transfer. Prospective students must arrange for transcripts and any other requested supporting documentation (course descriptions, catalogs, etc.) to be translated into English and evaluated into United States standards of higher education, if applicable, and forwarded to Post University.
Veterans Transfer of Credit
Post University evaluates military transcripts for military experience and can award credit based upon the military career experience and rank of the service member. We follow the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) in the transfer of credit for military training and experience. Military transcripts include the following:
- Joint Service Transcript (JST)
- Community College of The Air Force (CCAF)
- American Council of Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS)
Additionally, Post University will review personal training records for military credit, examples include:
- Enlisted Record Brief (ERB)
- DA 1059 forms
For civilian colleges, we follow Post's general transfer of credit policy and Prior Learning Assessment:
- Transfer of Credits Policy and Procedure
- Prior Learning Assessment
A maximum of 90 transfer credits for a baccalaureate degree, 45 transfer credits for an associate degree, or 9 transfer credits for a graduate degree, may be applied based upon a review of a military student's Joint Service Transcript (JST).
American Sentinel College of Nursing & Health Science Transfer of Credit Policy
American Sentinel College Transfer of Credit Policy
If a student transfers to American Sentinel College from another institution, the transfer credits accepted by the college will count as total semester credits attempted and total semester credits completed. The grades from such credits will not be included in the calculation of minimum cumulative GPA.
If a student is readmitted to American Sentinel College, credits that are applicable to the student's current program will count as total semester credits attempted, and credits from the College will count toward the student's minimum cumulative credits completed at American Sentinel College. The grades from such credits will be included in the calculation of minimum cumulative GPA at American Sentinel College.
If a student changes programs, college credits applied to the new program will count as total semester credits attempted and toward the student's minimum cumulative credits completed at American Sentinel College. The grades from such credits will be calculated into the minimum cumulative GPA.
The dean or designee, in conjunction with the Registrar, is responsible for documenting procedures for transfer of external credit, which is made available to students in the academic catalog. For information regarding the awarding of credit of prior educational experience not meeting the criteria for transfer of external credit, see the section on proficiency credit.
General Criteria for Evaluating External Transfer Credit
All evaluations are based on the unit's credit (i.e., quarter or semester hours.) Courses must equal to 4 or more quarter hours to be considered for transfer. One quarter hour is equal to .67 semester hours.
- American Sentinel College's Registrar's Office evaluates work completed elsewhere. The evaluator bases their decision on course content, age, and other factors as appropriate. Additional documentation, such as course descriptions and/or syllabi, may be requested. Courses specific to a business or technology major taken more than 8 years prior to enrolling are less likely to transfer due to changing technology and business practices, however the final decision will be based on a variety of factors.
- All evaluations are based on the unit's credit (i.e., quarter or semester hours). Courses must be equal to four or more quarter hours to be considered for transfer. One quarter hour is equal to .67 semester hours.
- The courses must have been college level. Credits earned in developmental or remedial course work and English-as-a-Second-Language courses may not be transferred.
- The undergraduate course must have been completed with a grade of C or better. A numeric average of 73 percent or better is required for schools not using a traditional grading scale.
- The graduate course must have been completed with a grade of B or better. A numeric average of 83 percent or better is required for schools not using a traditional grading scale.
- Credit earned at foreign institutions must be externally evaluated by a foreign credential evaluator approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (unless the school has a trained foreign credential evaluator). See www.naces.org or www.aacrao.org for a list of approved evaluators.
- Military course work must be evaluated according to the criteria of the American Council on Education.
- Provided all course objectives are met, a mismatch of one unit of credit between the degree program course and the external course is allowed.
- One quarter-hour is equivalent to two-thirds of a semester hour. Quarter hours are converted as follows:
- Quarter credit hours x 0.67 = Semester credit hours
- Students wishing to receive transfer credit for coursework completed prior to being admitted to American Sentinel College should provide transcripts for evaluation during the application process. These requests will be processed at no charge to the student. After admission to the university, any requests for transfer credit evaluation for courses completed prior to being accepted by the university will be assessed a $50 transcript evaluation fee per transcript. The fee is charged regardless of the transfer credit evaluation outcome.
Maximum Allowable Transfer Credits
Credits may be transferred from other institutions to count toward required credits for graduation from American Sentinel College. Transfer credits may include a combination of credits for prior education, professional certifications and life-work experience.
- Bachelor's Degrees: Up to 75 percent* of the required credit hours for graduation may be transferred.*
- Master's Degrees: Up to 50 percent* of the credit hours required for graduation may be transferred. Exception: Transfer credit is not accepted in project-based degree programs. Transfer credit will not be awarded for more than 3 specialization specific courses.
- MSN-NP Specialty Track: A maximum of 18 credits is allowed as transfer credit for the first 6 MSN core courses. Transfer credit will not be awarded for any NP specialty courses. All transfer courses must have been taken within the last 3 calendar years with a grade of B or higher. Transfer requests from other institutions require dean, associate dean, or program chair approval after review of the course description, syllabus, and student transcript. Students who have earned an MSN degree will be awarded a block transfer credit for N503/N515PE. Students who have earned and MSN NP degree within the past 5 calendar years will be awarded prior learning assessment credit for N502, N503, and N515PE.
- Doctoral Degrees: Up to 14% (6 credits) of the required hours for graduation may be transferred.
*A maximum of 25 percent of the total program credit hours in a student's bachelor's or master's degree program may be from professional certifications, prior learning assessment and test outs.
Core Course Requirements
The core course requirements cover the knowledge and technical skills required for success in a program's major subject and, typically, only course credit may be awarded in these areas. For this type of credit, the transfer credit evaluator must validate the comparability of the external course work with the specific course. Discipline credit may be awarded for core course requirements when the dean deems it appropriate.
General Education Requirements
American Sentinel College believes in the importance of general education helping broaden students' perspectives and extend their range of learning. The college's catalog defines the courses within the general education curriculum. Discipline credit may be awarded when a transferred course falls within the same discipline as a specific degree related course even if it does not meet the strict requirements for a specific course. In most cases, American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations are accepted for general education credit.
Provisions for Students Possessing Bachelor's Degrees
The general education component of a bachelor's degree granted by a regionally or nationally accredited school will be recognized by American Sentinel College so applicants holding a bachelor's degree in another field will be automatically awarded 30 general education credit hours to meet the degree requirements for the RN to BSN.
Credit for Prerequisite Courses
Advanced courses frequently have prerequisite courses that cover material required for the subsequent course. For this reason, if a student receives transfer credit for an advanced course, transfer credit is not awarded for the prerequisite course if the student did not take the corresponding course. Additionally, the requirement to take the prerequisite course will not be waived. Students who believe they have mastered prerequisite course material may request proficiency examinations.
Transfer Credit Documentation
The awarding of external transfer credit will be clearly documented in each student's file. Student files will include an original transcript(s) from the previous institution(s).
Transfer Credit Policy Doctoral Courses
American Sentinel College accepts a maximum of two three-semester credit courses into the doctoral program. Transfer credits will be accepted only for doctoral (700 level) courses that are equivalent in content to required courses in the DNP curriculum. Courses that are dually applied to a master's and doctorate program at an educational institution and master's-level courses do not qualify for transfer credit into the DNP program. Credit cannot be awarded for experiential learning for the DNP program.
The evaluation of credit for transfer consideration is one that is taken seriously by Post University. Students are encouraged to provide all requested documentation to ensure that the process is completed as expeditiously as possible. To begin the process, all undergraduate and graduate on ground and Accelerated Degree Program students must request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions from which they wish to have earned credits considered. After receipt of all documentation, the approval process will take three days. Any credits accepted will calculate into the student’s pace of completion but will not count in the cumulative grade point average. It is highly recommended that transcripts from other institutions of higher education be submitted to Post University during the student’s first semester/first two terms.